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Kai is the author of the critically acclaimed Daughter of the Game series (Daughter of the Game I, II, III and Prequel) and The Loudest Silence. KAI's story Twisted Loyalty is featured in Gutta Mamis, published by Strebor in the Streetz (Simon and Schuster). She is also a contributing author to Solo Shivers and That Good Grind by Wilson.
She is a nationally recognized poet and was named AAMBC's 2013 Poet of the Year for her Peaceful Resolution collection. Her poem Pre-Destiny, was featured in the April 2008 issue of Essence Magazine.
Kai has served as a Guest Reviewer for RAWSISTAWZ Reviewers. An alumni of Hampton University, SUNY Brockport and Georgetown University Law Center, she is a licensed attorney in two states and a proud parent.
Crystal Alexis was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, where she attended Richards Career Academy. While in school, she aspired to become an accountant, however she earned a degree in Automotive Technology and several certificates in Pharmacy Technology and Bill Collecting. Crystal spent a few years as manager of Jeffy Lube.
After years of reading and running a book club, she grew a passion for writing. In 2013 she signed to Creative Flow Publications, where she published Social Deception 1 & 2. More recently, Crystal has become a member of K Ellis Publications and part owner on SWAG Presents with Yara Kaleemah. She also co-hosts Gossip Village Radio and took part in developing “Please Don’t Kill Me: An Anthology against Domestic Violence.” Though Crystal’s greatest joy comes from being an outstanding mother to her two children, Tres’ore and Jalil, and being a caregiver to her mother, she would say that writing has changed her life.
Yara Kaleemah was born in Newark, NJ in the early 90’s. As a child she would spend hours writing stories. When her friends were outside, playing, she was in the house writing. Being that she was an only child she had a lot of time on her hands. Naturally, when people asked what she wanted to be when she grew up she would say “an author.” She is a leader. In 2006, Newark Public Schools opened the doors to American History High School, where she was a part of its first class. Being a part of the trial run at the school a loud her to help build the school’s motto and have a voice in what the school’s expectations were. As a freshman, Yara was voted class president. From then on, she worked as a spokeswoman for the student body. As her thirst for knowledge grew, she graduated from American History High School and enrolled in New Jersey City University. Studying to become an English Teacher seemed to be the right fit for her. She loves to read and write. Most of all, Yara is passionate about education, as she believes that academic excellence is the key to the future. Recently, however, she changed her course of study to Sociology and plans to become a youth counselor. In 2013, Yara published her first novella, Too Much to Chew. It was the greatest accomplishment. Soon after came three more outstanding urban fiction novels. Then, she started S.W.A.G Productions. Wanted to establish something creative, they decided that the acronym stands for Strong Women Achieving Greatness. SWAG Productions is a platform for self-published authors. The company offers services such as editing, proofreading, and typing. She is also signed to Dub Life Publications with Rio Terrell and is host of SWAG Radio.
Le’Vonne is a native of Chicago and has always had a love for books. Using her creativity as a way to escape Le’Vonne often got lost in the pages of her notebook, writing short stories and plays. Years later Le’Vonne decided she wanted to share her creativity with the world, and penned what would later become her debut novel Gurlfriends. Le’Vonne is currently working on the follow up to Gurlfriends
Racquel Williams was born in Kingston, Jamaica and later relocated to Mount Vernon, New York. She studied Psychology at the University of Phoenix and had completed an Associate’s Degree. After struggling with different types of abuse as a child, she knew that, she wanted to make a difference in the lives of teenagers that are experiencing some form of abuse and have no one to turn to. She knows she can’t save everyone, but can make a difference in the life of one person.
Racquel’s life hasn’t always been easy and is no stranger to drama. She recently came home from serving a 37 month sentence in Federal Prison for selling crack cocaine. Being new to the system and under pressure with no one to turn to; she decided to start writing. That was a form of escaping the pain of being away from her family. Her novel “Bottom Bitch” was created and she spent the next three years perfecting her craft and writing a drama filled novel with twisted scenes and its own unique path.
Racquel relocated to Atlanta, GA with her family. She is currently working on memoir of her struggles and tribulations throughout her life. She’s also the CEO of Black Destiny Publications with several authors signed to her company.
Adrianne L. Cunningham is a 34 year old native of Lexington, Kentucky. She graduated with honors from Henry Clay High School in1998. She has also lived in Virginia and several years in Talladega, Alabama. While in Alabama, she attended Central Alabama Community College and studied for an associate's degree in Computer Science. When she is not writing; Adrianne also enjoys travelling and spending time with friends or family. Writing is definitely her deepest passion. Being able to paint a vivid picture for a readers mind and to hopefully leave an insightful message. Adrianne currently resides in Oak Grove, Kentucky.
Linda McDonald is a Library Specialist residing in the San Francisco Bay Area and a former radio personality for the nationally syndicated "In the Know" broadcast on the RMG Radio Network. Linda McDonald’s favorite quote is the excerpt from Maya Angelou's book, I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now :“Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead, and those over which we have travelled, and if the future road looms ominous or unpromising, and the roads back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and carry only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment we must be ready to change that as well.” The Perfect Deception is Linda McDonald's first release.
ForeverRedd is a South Carolina native who has traveled abroad during a period of serving her country. While growing up she had a passion for writing that slowed down bit when she became a mommy and reading took its place. She decided one day to pick the pen back up and jump feet first into the industry. ForeverRedd's debut novel Sleepin In Heaven Wakin In Hell brought her much joy to write as she hopes it brings to read. There will be more to come from this author as she now feels like Victoria, and has found the missing piece to her life's puzzle.
F-Kenneth Taylor was born/raised in St. Louis, MO, he will be 40yrs this fall (Sept. 2014), he is a 1993 graduate of Normandy Sr. High School. F-kenneth attended St. Louis Community College at Florissant-Valley between 1996 and 1998; studying Commercial Art and Black History. he joined Air Force in 1995 and was deployed to the 1996 Olympics as a member of a Military Security Joint Task Force Team. He received an Honorable Discharge with Recommen-dations in 1998. He's a 2005 graduate of Universal Technical Institute in Chicago, IL for Automotive Technology & Repair. F-Kenneth have 3 god-daughters; Clinnesha (21yrs), Brittany (16yrs), and Samyah (3yrs). His hobbies include; writing, working out, working on cars, hosting social events (bbqs etc), playing pool, spending time w/my god-daughters, and I’m an avid music lover.
Since 2001,he devoted himself and diligently pursued writing on a serious level. F-Kenneth have a deep-seeded passion for writing and know without a shadow-of-a-doubt that's what he was meant to do. He intentionally practice versatility as a writer by writing in multiple genres and styles, not only to expand my audience and worth, but to prevent placing limitations upon myself as well.
Tonya M Barber currently resides in Newark, NJ with her three children and two grandchildren. She has been writing since the age of 12. She has written three poetry books: A Journey the Window of My Soul, And the Journey Continues, and her latest The Other Side of Me. She has also written three novels: Drama in the Bricks, Changing the Game 1 & 2, and Misty's Blues.
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